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EU's Ashton: ‘No guarantee’ of final Iran nuclear accord

Iran clinched an interim deal in November under which it agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief

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The European Union's diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday there is “no guarantee” that talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear program will lead to a comprehensive agreement.

“This interim agreement is really important but not as important as a comprehensive agreement (which is)... difficult, challenging, and there is no guarantee that we will succeed,” Ashton said during a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to Agence France-Presse.

Iran clinched an interim deal in November with the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany - under which it agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Negotiators are trying to reach a final accord in the coming months.

“It is very important that with the support of the people of Iran for the work to going on by the minister and his team and with the support of international community for my work that we should aim to try to succeed,” Ashton said.

Western nations and Israel have long suspected Iran is covertly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian program, charges denied by Tehran.